Though a lot of rappers are cousins — for example: Ice Cube and Del the Funkee Homosapien; and RZA and Ol’ Dirty Bastard — rapping brothers are a lot more scarce. Aside from Juicy J and Project Pat, the only other big-name siblings in the rap game are Khalif “Swae Lee” Brown and Aaquil “Slim Jxmmi” Brown, the masterminds behind the upbeat, trap-influenced “hip-pop” duo Rae Sremmurd. The brothers, who are each just barely legal, make “hip-pop” because they combine rapping with popular music staples, like dance beats, steady rhythms, catchy hooks, and choruses that contrast melodically with the verses. You won’t hear swear words in their songs, either, a decision they made early on in their careers to ensure that their songs could be played on the radio. What you will hear are a few now-popular phrases that the boys coined through their music, like “No flex zone” and “This could be us but you playin’.” This year, they’re throwing the second annual Sremmfest in their hometown of Tupelo, Miss., with headlining acts Diplo, Young Dolph, and Big K.R.I.T. Obviously, the brothers are smart businessmen in addition to talented artists, and they’ve got a sense of humor, too. At their show last week in Denver, they partook in the #MannequinChallenge fad that has been sweeping the internet, instructing the audience to remain still until the beat dropped on their Mike Will Made It-produced track, “Black Beatles.” It was epic, to say the least.
Rae Sremmurd with Lil Yachty, at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Warfield. $35-$50; thewarfieldtheatre.com.